Beltran misses weight, Takahiro Ao still eligible for WBO title


Naoki Fukuda


Chip Mitchell:  Raymundo Beltran first came in at 136 pounds, then came back at 135.4. As a result, he’s He is not eligible to win the vacant WBO title.

Takahiro Ao 134.8

Mikael Zewski 146.8,  Konstantin Ponomarev 146.6

Jessie Magdaleno 123.8, Raul Hirales 126

Egor Mekhontsev 174.5, Hakim Zoulikha 174



imageFloyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao faced off for only the third time Wednesday during the final press conference for their long-awaited welterweight world championship unification fight this Saturday, May 2nd, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The last time the boxing superstars met face-to-face was at the Los Angeles press conference to formally announce the mega-fight on March 11th. The first time they were photographed up close and personal came at a Miami Heat basketball game in January.

In the most eagerly awaited showdown in years – and the richest fight in boxing history — the undefeated and universally recognized pound-for-pound leader Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs), a world champion in five weight divisions, will take on the fighting pride of the Philippines, Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), the only boxer to capture world titles in eight weight classes.

Here is what the fighters and executives said Wednesday:

“The only thing I can do is take it one day at a time. When the fight gets here I will go out there and do what I do best and that’s go out and fight.

“From the beginning of my career, I’ve always had a game plan. It’s just like chess. We make calculated moves in the ring and outside the ring. I got with the right team and surrounded myself with the right chess pieces.

“I’m a lot wiser than I once was. This fight sells itself. Our ultimate goal was to get to this point, whether it was Manny or another fighter.

“I don’t take anything away from Manny Pacquiao. He’s a solid fighter; a solid competitor and it will be an intriguing matchup come Saturday.

“Everything takes time, it’s all about timing. I’m glad that we had patience and didn’t rush. The time is now, this is the right time for this fight.

“I want to thank all the writers for being here. Some have been around since I was 10-years-old, some have been here for my 19 years in this sport. I’m thankful for all the writers, whether the stories were good stories or bad, you guys kept me relevant for 19 years.

“This fight is about one fighter who is at the top fighting another fighter who is at the top. It’s about giving you guys excitement. We don’t know how this fight is going to play out, but I believe in my skills. I believe I am going to be victorious.

“When I went to training camp I worked extremely hard to win this fight and I’m pretty sure Manny did the same. That’s why this is an intriguing matchup.”

“I don’t have a prediction, but I’m excited. I’m confident and I feel for the first time that I’m ready for the fight.

“I’m so happy because that feeling and that focus that I had many years ago, is back. I’m confident and relaxed.

“My love and eagerness for this fight has made me especially interested.

“I would like to invite everyone to witness the great fight between Floyd and I this Saturday.

“I want to be an example and inspiration to people.

“Before I became a boxer, I used to sleep on the street. I can’t believe that I am in this position. The boy who didn’t have food and slept on the street can have this life.

“On Saturday our goal is to make the fans happy with our performance. Both of us will work very hard to entertain the fans and give a good fight.

“I hope that both Floyd and I do our best on Saturday and to put our name in boxing history.

“The most important thing I hope for is that after the fight I can talk with Floyd about being an inspiration to people all around the world.”

FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR., Mayweather’s father/trainer:

“Whatever happens on Saturday, it’s going to be one-sided. Pacquiao is going to sleep.

“I’m a trainer, I know what’s going on with fighters. Pacquiao doesn’t have it.

“Everybody can say what they want to say. I’ve said it before, Pacquiao can’t punch. I’m not worried about it. I’m going to have Floyd walk him down.”

FREDDIE ROACH, Pacquiao’s trainer:
“When this fight was announced, Manny’s training level went way up. He’s really excited about this fight.

“I think we will win a decision and outpoint this guy. If the knockout comes then that will be a bonus.

“I think Manny likes to be the underdog. We like pulling upsets and doing things we’re not supposed to do. Manny is going to be that guy.

“We will put a lot of pressure on Floyd. Manny likes to exchange and with his hand speed, this fight will go in our favor.

“Manny is reckless, but that’s his style. He tries to win fights and people enjoy his fights. He gives it his all and sometimes you get knocked out, that’s part of boxing.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions:

“The worldwide attention and interest in this event has been unbelievable and Floyd and Manny deserve it.

“Las Vegas has a rich history of hosting the biggest and best fights in the sport. Over the years Floyd Mayweather has made the MGM his home. This will be his 11th consecutive fight at MGM Grand and the 14th in his career.

“There are two great fighters that will be fighting on Saturday night and the focus needs to be on the fighters, no one else. The focus is on the fighters on Saturday night.

“On May 2, Floyd faces another huge challenge in fellow world champion Manny Pacquiao, in a fight that the whole world is waiting to see. Once again Floyd is out to prove that he is The Best Ever and I know he will on Saturday night.”

BOB ARUM, Pacquiao’s Promoter:

“This is a great promotion with two great fighters. I hope that this fight will help elevate the rest of boxing. I think based on the interest in this fight, there has been increased interest in boxing as well, and that’s great.

“People have spent a lot of time during this event watching Manny train, but more importantly, watching Freddie teach. It’s great to see two guys on the same wavelength, working on the strategy and then working it out in the ring.” Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather Sr sets the record straight! brought up Floyd Mayweather Sr’s New York background and Floyd wanted to set the record straight.

“Lies!  All lies!  I’m from Mississippi man!  MISS-IS-SIPPI!”

“And they got my birthday wrong too!”

His message to Wikipedia and other sites:

“Tell them to get it right!”

See Floyd, Jr in the background as daddy’s Interview with The Fight Journal takes place.

Video: Chip Mitchell

Weights from The Palms (ESPN2)

Mayweather Promotions will have a live card on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights on Thursday, featuring Ishe Smith and Cecil McCalla.

Weights are below:

Ishe Smith 155.4, Cecil McCalla 154.6
Ashley Theophane 143, Mahonri Montes 142.8
Ronald Gavril 167.2, Oscar Riojas 166.8
Lanell Bellows 167.2, Eddie Hunter 166.6

Both fighters are coming off of losses, as Smith lost his shot at the WBA World super welterweight title against Erislandy Lara in December. McCalla, a DMV prospect, lost to Chris van Heerden by split decision in January.

This is a fight that Smith should win and needs to win.

I’m interested in the other Mayweather Promotions prospects, Ashley Theopane and Lanell Bellows.

Magnanimous Mayweather? A New Impression, More Than Three Years Removed

Story by:  Travis Dettmer

Humble. Quiet. Polite. Contemplative, even.  These aren’t the words one would have normally used to describe Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the past.  These aren’t the words this author, nor the soldiers assigned to Task Force Duke at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Afghanistan, used to describe Mayweather following an overseas Skype session in 2011. 


The date was Sept. 2 of that year, and Mayweather was just weeks from squaring off against Victor Ortiz, the World Boxing Council welterweight champion at the time.    


“Ortiz? Ha. It’s gonna be like taking candy from a baby,” said Mayweather of that fight more than three years ago. “I have a lot of experience, I’ve been places in this sport he will never go in his career.”  


He even went after Manny Pacquiao while Skyping with the troops that day.


“Poochiao don’t want this,” he said. “He can’t say nothing, he’s getting my leftovers,” said Mayweather.  He then insinuated he was working on “the biggest contract ever” against the Filipino world champion, as he simulated a syringe going into his arm to mock the other fighter.  


That was more than three years go.  Fast forward to present day.  The very fight Mayweather said was in the making then is now just a handful of days away.  And Mayweather is no longer that brash, smug, and self-assured personality he was back then.  At least he didn’t sound that way to this author, who participated in that very Skype session in 2011, and most recently Wednesday in an international teleconference with the boxing star.  


“You’ve been respectful … of Pacquiao getting here [to this fight],” said one reporter on the call, highlighting it was not necessarily Mayweather’s style to act so gracefully toward his opponents.   


“Obviously,” responded Mayweather, “he’s done something right to get here.”


Strangely, no trash talk toward his long-time hypothetical nemesis.  


Some say you have to “train harder” and work harder the older you get, said Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian (the only reporter I could make out a name for during the teleconference).

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